Metro State rallies from second-half deficit to beat Colorado Mesa 86-76
DENVER -- Third-ranked Metro State rallied from a 12-point deficit with less than 10 minutes left to earn an 86-76 win against Colorado Mesa on Friday night. The Roadrunners improved to 15-1 overall and 12-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with their 12th consecutive win, while CMU fell to 8-8 and 6-6.
The Roadrunners went on a 28-5 run over eight minutes to build a 12-point lead with a minute left in the game.
Brandon Jefferson scored 20 of his game-high 30 points in the second half and 18 of those points in the final 10 minutes of the game. He shot 7 of 14 and 13 of 17 at the free-throw line, while adding seven rebounds and five assists.
Nicholas Kay poured in 16 points with six rebounds, hitting 9 of 10 at the line. Jamal McClerkin scored a career-high 15 points for the second consecutive game. Mitch McCarron had 11 points and Harrison Goodrick had 10.
Landon Vermeer scored 19 points to lead the Mavericks and Jerry Duckworth buried 5 of 6 from the outside to score 18 off the bench.
No. 7 Cal State San Bernardino 92, Cal State Los Angeles 51
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Eighth-ranked Cal State San Bernardino fired on all cylinders Friday night.
CSUSB earned its largest margin of victory in five seasons, and led by senior Andrew Young's 20 points, routed visiting Cal State Los Angeles 92-51 in CCAA play at Coussoulis Arena.
The 41-point margin was the biggest victory for the Coyotes since a 96-54 win against Academy of Art on Dec. 21, 2008.
CSUSB, which increased its winning streak to 14 games, ran away from CSULA in the early going. Up 12-8 with 15:26 remaining in the first half, the Coyotes dominated during the next 12-plus minutes with an awe-inspiring 29-6 run that put them well in control.
The Coyotes set several defensive season-bests including fewest points in a first half (21), fewest total points (51), fewest field goals made (16) and field-goal percentage (28.1 percent).